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Opinion: Criminal justice reform requires public access to court data

from San Jose Mercury News

I served as a judge in California's Contra Costa County for 21 years, assigned primarily to criminal matters. I considered myself well-versed in criminal justice. Then, in 2012, one week before I retired, I attended a panel at Berkeley Law on race and mass incarceration. I heard this: While only 6 percent of California's population is black, almost 30 percent of those incarcerated in California's prisons and jails are black. I was stunned. more

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